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Annie Bass was a summer intern with the Cornell Small Farms Program in 2010. She may be reached at arb258@cornell.edu.  

All Dressed Up and No Place to Snow: Filling Soil Health Prescriptions with Targeted Cover Crops

By Annie Bass / July 4, 2011

Can you name fifteen uses for cover crops? Thomas Bjorkman, an associate professor of horticulture at Cornell University, can. And he’s using this list of “management goals”—including weed reduction, erosion prevention, soil aggregate stability, increased organic matter, and disease and pest suppression—to diagnose which cover crops will most benefit farmers’ productivity levels. Thomas’s online decision…

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How to Make Kids Love Their Spinach

By Annie Bass / April 2, 2011

Welcome to the Northeast SARE Spotlight! SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) offers grants to farmers, educators, universities and communities that are working to make agriculture more sustainable – economically, environmentally, and socially. Learn about whether a SARE grant would be a good fit for you.    The Farmers Market Line In 2002, Todd Fowler…

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Grubby Hands on Your Lettuce? Efficient and Safe Food Handling for Small-Scale Vegetable Producers

By Annie Bass / January 9, 2011

Welcome to the Northeast SARE Spotlight! SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) offers grants to farmers, educators, universities and communities that are working to make agriculture more sustainable – economically, environmentally, and socially. Learn about whether a SARE grant would be a good fit for you. Since the bout of food safety scandals over the…

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Let the Sun Shine In: Farming Off-the-Grid

By Annie Bass / January 9, 2011

Seven years ago, Sara and Raymond Luhrman began farming on rented land, serving ten members in a Community Supported Agriculture model (CSA). Two years later, they were up to forty members and had outgrown their land. They had started farming as a hobby, and with such a big operation, it had outgrown its place in…

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Training Systems for Wine Grapes

By Annie Bass / October 3, 2010

Richard Lamoy at Hid-In-Pines Vineyard is researching the best training systems for his hybrid varieties with the help of a SARE farmer grant. Welcome to the Northeast SARE Spotlight! SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education) offers grants to farmers, educators, universities and communities that are working to make agriculture more sustainable – economically, environmentally, and…

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Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat

By Annie Bass / October 3, 2010

Eating sustainable meat—grass fed meat humanely raised by local farmers—can improve your health; protect our environment; and strengthen our farm communities. These three simple truths form the heart of Deborah Krasner’s groundbreaking new book, Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat (Stewart, Tabori & Chang; September 1, 2010; $40 /US; ISBN…

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Fighting the Weeds with Fire and French Fry Oil

By Annie Bass / October 3, 2010

In 2006, Flying Rabbit Farm was under water. “We rode the canoe up over the railroad tracks,” Dave Dolan said. “Your head would’ve been under water.” Not to mention the rows of wheat and kale on either side of us. Dave and Mary Dolan have been farming this land for seven years, in a small-scale…

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